Here are the step by step photos which I took while learning how to add a continuous warp to the loom so that it can be unwound to allow for a longer length of weaving. I have used two colours of yarn to help demonstrate the difference in the shed which is made when the heddle bar is moved backwards and forwards (see my previous blog post about weaving on the Mini Loom).
It was difficult to maintain a consistent tension because the sponges did not stop the frame from moving about so I decided to use another chair and tie the loom to it before adding my second colour of warp which I took around the alternative teeth of the beam (see right).
The loom comes with two shuttles and I used one for my blue yarn and the other for my orange yarn. I started my weaving with the blue yarn and then alternated the colours after a few rows of each. When the weaving begins to get close to the heddle bar it is time to wind the weaving on. You need to loosen off the wing nuts on both the front and back bars. When you wind the back bar towards you it releases more of the warp, when you wind the front bar towards you the weaving is wound onto it and the warp tightened.
Below the heddle bar shows how the warp threads are separated to accepted the weft yarn which is wound onto the shuttle. Moving the bar one way lifts the blue threads and moving the bar the other way lifts the orange threads.
The Ashford Sample It Loom is available from George Weil, as are a choice of other weaving looms, weaving equipment such as shuttles and warping posts, weaving yarns and a large selection of books about weaving techniques.